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Poster: Reade Date: Oct 29, 2010 6:54am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: TDIH; First Set Eyes>China Doll anyone?

I confess a bias towards '72-'73 era shows that contain Dark Stars. Just because PT (playing time) is limited, blah blah.
A show like this exposes the flaw in that practice.
Played in the Kiel Auditorium, not to be confused with the Opera House of the same name, this barn (no longer standing) was the former home to Bob Pettit's St. Louis Hawks, before that NBA franchise moved to Atlanta in the late 60's.

Having made it's first appearance only earlier in the year, Eyes of the World is still not fully formed here. No 10/19 or 8/6/74 renditions on this night; still there is a bright freshness to the performance. It's as if the band and Jerry in particular were very ripe for a new tune to jam on, to go cascading out into the 15 minute range or so with, one that wasn't Playin,' or Dark Star, TOO, etc.
Jer's fingers just dance over his fretboard as he's clearly delighted to be breaking this new tune in, and tell me if you've ever heard his vocals any sweeter on China Doll than this night.
A likewise wonderful treat in the second set has Truckin' dissolving into nothingness around the 10-11 m. mark. From there they build something out of nothing with a nifty little free form, uptempo jam for about the next seven minutes.
Pretty fun in a very '73 kinda way.

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Oct 29, 2010 12:34pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH; First Set Eyes>China Doll anyone?

That show has a sick jam after Truckin.